Have Your Say About The Future Of Historic Dumfries Town Centre

Dumfries and Galloway Council recognises that the centre of Dumfries is of great interest in terms of its heritage and that it continues to attract visitors and provide services for the wider region. Dumfries Conservation Area includes most of the important streets and many buildings which are of individual historic interest and have strong connections with important events in the life of Robert the Bruce; the home of Robert Burns and his family; and J M Barrie.

In order to protect the character and interest of Dumfries Conservation Area, a combined draft appraisal and management plan has been written which sets out to note the unique set of common and individual architectural features found in the conservation area. This will allow the special features to be properly looked after, to preserve and enhance the character of the conservation area into the future. The more attractive and individual a place Dumfries is, the more people will come to visit and stay and use the cafes and shops as part of the economic regeneration of the town.

The draft Dumfries Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan recognises the special historic and local character of the central area of Dumfries and looks at ways in which everyone can look after the parts of the conservation area in their care.

Many people who have stayed in Dumfries or visited it over the years may have knowledge and comments that would be helpful in finalising the draft Dumfries Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan and are invited to read the document and tell us what they think. The consultation opened in December and closes on 11th February 2019.

The draft document is on the Council’s website at the following link: –

http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/consultations and the easiest way to comment is by email to: [email protected]

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, Chair of EEI Committee said: “Managing change in Dumfries to keep its unique and special character, historic architecture and the mediaeval layout of the buildings, streets and spaces is important to draw people in to town to use the shops and cafes and other services. Dumfries is an attractive shopping town with many historic connections for tourists to enjoy. Everyone can help the economy of Dumfries by sensitively looking after the part of it they own. The appraisal and management plan is draft at this stage, and everyone has the opportunity to comment until 11th February 2019.”